James Raymond Lawson

birth: born 1915 - died 1996

Following the death of his mentor, Elmer Imes, James Lawson returned to Fisk University, where he had been the first student to receive a degree in physics. There he immediately began work to develop a research program in infrared spectroscopy. By 1948, he had arranged to have an infrared spectrophotometer shipped to Fisk. That was the beginning of the Fisk Infrared Research Laboratory. In 1950, Lawson, along with Nelson Fuson, began the Fisk Infrared Spectroscopy Institute.


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